Course Quick Facts

  • Course Length: Approximately 2.0 hours

  • Course Level: Intermediate

  • Field(s) of Study:

  • Finance—Technical (2.0 CPE credits)

  • Who should attend: CFOs & Controllers who are involved in the budgeting and forecasting process.

  • Required Knowledge: A basic understanding of budgeting techniques.

  • Advanced Prep: None



David Peters

David Peters is the Founder and Owner of Peters Tax Preparation & Consulting in Richmond, VA. He has over fourteen years of experience in financial services, including 3 years in the hedge fund industry and six years in the insurance industry. David was the first-ever Chief Financial Officer at - a position he held for over three years. He is a national CPE Instructor/Discussion Leader for the AICPA, Surgent, and Kaplan. He regularly teaches courses in accounting, finance, insurance, and ethics throughout the United States. He holds four Masters degrees. He contributes regularly to various CPA publications, including NCACPA’s Interim Report, SCACPA’s CPA Report, and VSCPA’s Disclosures. He was also a co-author of the 2018 Virginia CPA Ethics course – a required course for all CPA’s licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Learning Objectives

The budget and the forecast are two common tools used by controllers and CFOs across almost every industry. However, are we really getting the most out of these tools? Or are we merely replicating whatever was done last year? In this course, we will use examples and illustrations to demonstrate various budgeting and forecasting techniques. We will discuss traditional approaches, as well as newer approaches such as flexible budgeting, in an effort to show how companies can gain more value.

  • State the difference between a forecast and a budget

  • Identify the difference between top-down and bottom-up budgeting

  • Recognize the key elements of a flexible budgeting approach

  • Define a key forecast driver

  • State when it may be appropriate to make a forecast adjustment

Course curriculum

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    • Downloads

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    • Lecture #1

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    • Knowledge Check #1

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    • Lecture #2

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    • Knowledge Check #2

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    • Lecture #3

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    • Knowledge Check #3

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    • Lecture #4

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    • Knowledge Check #4

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    • Lecture #5

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    • Knowledge Check #5

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    • Lecture #6

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    • Knowledge Check #6

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    • Lecture #7

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    Qualfied Assessment

    • Qualified Assessment

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    • Final Steps to Receive CE Credit(s)...

    • CE Credit Information

    • Thank You!

Single Course Price

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